Salzgitter Loses EU Court Bid to Overturn Illegal-Aid Decision
The EU General Court in Luxembourg today rejected Salzgitter’s appeal “in its entirety.”
The aid was part of a tax break for companies near the border with the former East Germany and Czechoslovakia. The EU regulator on June 28, 2000, ordered Salzgitter, based in the same-named German city, to pay back the subsidies, without disclosing the amount.
A 2004 ruling in favor of Salzgitter was overturned on appeal four years later, after the EU’s highest court ordered a re-examination of the case. It said a lower court used the wrong legal test when it decided the European Commission couldn’t order a refund of the aid more than 10 years after it had been granted.
While arguing that no aid was given, Salzgitter said in 2008 that it submitted “a single-digit million-euro amount” to the EU. Salzgitter didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment on today’s decision.
ThyssenKrupp AG (TKA) is Germany’s largest steelmaker.
The case is: T‑308/00 RENV, Salzgitter AG v. European Commission.
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